Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, the French comedian fined last month for anti-Semitic remarks made during a performance, has teamed up with Iran to make a movie that combats Zionism and “ridicules the Holocaust.”
Dieudonné said that he personally held a meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over the matter.
“We have received a significant budget that will permit us to make films at the level of those made by Hollywood, which is the armed branch of Zionist culture,” Dieudonné told the Tehran Times. He said that his movie will be filled in Iran, Cuba or Venezuela and would cover the topics of slavery and colonialism.
“It is forbidden to talk about the Holocaust in France [sic], but I have arranged the comedy in such a way that it ridicules the issue of the Holocaust. Comedy is an influential tool and now that we cannot speak directly about it, this is the best approach to use. Today, there are only a few countries like Iran that are open to joint productions on these types of issues,” he added.
The Cameroon-born French comedian has an intimate history with anti-Semitism. He has shared the stage with known Holocaust deniers and has called Holocaust remembrance “pornographic.”
In addition to last month’s fine for anti-Semitic remarks during his comedic routine, Dieudonné faced a fine two years ago for comparing Jews to “slave traders.”